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Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Volume 18, Issue 2, 2004
Volume 18, Issue 2, 2004
Source: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 1 –2 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... 1 I n t r o d u c t i o n Keyan Tomaselli & Nisha Ramlutchman+ This issue examines various themes and concerns within the broad rubric of literature and representation. Each article deals with a specific aspect(s) related to literature and/or representation. Vanessa McLennan-Dodd's ongoing research on Kalahari communities offers an account of journalist Rupert Isaacson's journey towards personal and community healing among the ?Khomani Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. She analyses Isaacson's methodology in relation to his book, The Healing Land, to demonstrate the degree to which reflexive methodology can lead to transparency ..
Author Vanessa McLennan-DoddSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 3 –30 (2004)More Less
The Healing Land (Isaacson, 2001a) is a vivid, experiential account of Rupert Isaacson's journey towards personal and community healing among the Khomani Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. This paper provides a detailed analysis of The Healing Land in relation to Isaacson's research methodology and interaction with the Khomani, examining how the story he tells is influenced and shaped by his own perceptions and experiences. This article echoes the journey of autoethnography from the inter- to the intra-personal. Factual, text-based information on the Khomani and a synopsis of The Healing Land leads to the incorporation of the author's voice into the article, as she refers to personal interviews conducted during research on the book, and shares inner reflections on the article's conclusion.
Hitting the hot spots : literary tourism as a research field with particular reference to KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaAuthor Lindy StiebelSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 31 –42 (2004)More Less
Literary tourism is a new field in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and South Africa more generally. Whilst in England, the interested reader/ traveller can buy books on Hardy's Wessex, Dickens's London and Shakespeare's Stratford-on-Avon; show literature students and the public generally an assortment of films on places associated with important writers, and even go on guided walks through famous 'literary' places like Wordsworth's Lake District; there is very little of the same for the South African literature researcher-or indeed literary fan. KwaZulu-Natal is a particularly rich province culturally speaking, offering a wide range of writers both black and white, male and female, writing in English and Zulu predominantly-Alan Paton, Roy Campbell, Lewis Nkosi, Lauretta Ngcobo, Daphne Rooke to mention but a few. Efforts by literary scholars to encourage literary tourism in this fertile area inevitably lead one to consider a research agenda; in my case this has a threefold purpose involving firstly, the creation of a literary archive of local writers both past and present; secondly, the recording of selected writers and their works on film, and thirdly, the establishment of a 'literary map' of the region on website. Such a research agenda carries with it complex questions: how to define a 'local' writer? How to understand the uses a writer makes of place? Who should be featured and why? How do readers' constructed places interface with 'real' places? What could the impact of literary tourism be? This paper engages with some of these questions and attempts to suggest a possible research agenda that has exciting possibilities within KwaZulu-Natal, and which could offer a potential framework for similar literary tourism projects in other provinces of South Africa in the future.
Representations and objections : Geert van Kesteren and the 13th International Aids Conference, Durban, 2000Author Alexandra Von StaussSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 45 –62 (2004)More Less
On the African continent, the HIV / AIDS pandemic has had significant effects on the organisation of life across economic, political and social structures. As a social phenomenon, HIV / AIDS is of crucial concern, regionally as well as globally. While the HIV / AIDS pandemic "in industrial and postindustrial societies is believed to be complex, intellectually and politically contested, and theoretically interesting, Third World epidemics are seen to be simple material disasters" (Treichler, 1999, p. 7). This brings to the fore significant issues to do with the representation of AIDS in Africa.
Author Phil JoffeSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 63 –65 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... 63 Brian McNair, An Introduction to Political Communication (3rd edition), London: Routledge, 2003, ISBN 0415307082, 272pp. Phil Joffe+ In 1922, Walter Lippmann noted that public opinion was a constructed, manufactured thing that could be manipulated by those with a vested interest in doing so. Brian McNair's book offers a concise and thoughtfully balanced investigation of political communication. It concentrates on the nature of the interface between politicians and parties and the media available in the 21st century, to locate the media's agency and affectivity in the wider social, political environment. He divides the study into two parts; the first ..
Author Bhekimpilo SibandaSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 66 –68 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... 66 Ronald Segal. Islam's Black Slaves: A History of Africa's other Black Diaspora. London: Atlantic Books, 2003, ISBN 190380981, xi + 273pp. Notes, Index, References, Maps. Bhekimpilo Sibanda+ Islam's Black Slaves is a sequel to The Black Diaspora: Five Centuries of the Black Experience outside Africa (Segal, 1995). It is a captivating and harrowing book. It goes into depth about a subject which has been in the public domain but lacking depth or deliberately ignored. To many, this book will claw your heart out and cause visible pain. The descriptions of what was observed may be devastatingly vivid and ..
Seeing is Believing : Handicams, Human Rights and the News, directed by Katerina Cizek and Peter Wintonick : film reviewAuthor Sean JacobsSource: Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 18, pp 69 –71 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... 69 Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News. Directed by Katerina Cizek and Peter Wintonick, 2002, 58 minutes. First Run/ Icarus Films. Colour. Sean Jacobs+ In November 2001, four white South African policemen received jail sentences for setting dogs on three black Mozambicans while on duty outside Johannesburg. The success of the conviction and the public outrage that forced the authorities to act, largely depended on the video evidence of the assault. Ironically it was shot by one of the policemen as entertainment for his colleagues at staff parties. The South African policeman who shot the images, ..